Conservation Fund Awards Grants To Support Environmental Preservation In The Region
The Honey Creek Watershed Association and the Tecumseh Land Preservation Association have been selected as recipients for grants this year from The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund of The Dayton Foundation. Both organizations received $5,000 awards, which were presented last night at the fund’s 5th Annual Meeting held at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm.
The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund was established in 2006 by The Dayton Foundation in partnership with several local environmentalists and community leaders to support environmental preservation in the Greater Dayton Region for today and for future generations.
The Honey Creek Watershed Association’s grant will assist them in locating, mapping and inventorying animals in all livestock operations within the watershed, which includes parts of Champaign, Clark, Miami and Montgomery counties. The data collected will be used by the Association and numerous other agencies to aid them in their efforts to protect local water resources by identifing areas of potential sources of water pollution.
The Tecumseh Land Preservation Association’s project, Food Power: The Greater Dayton Local Food Summit, will help promote the importance of increasing sustainable agriculture. This includes creating more agricultural jobs that pay a livable wage and more local jobs in food processing and distribution, establishing environmentally sound farming practices and creating accessible sources of healthy local food for families, schools and restaurants. The grant will assist with hosting the one-day Food Summit, as well as creating an online Food Power network for participants to share additional resources and information.
Grants from this fund are awarded by a nine-member steering committee to support organizations or programs that help protect the region’s natural environment through education, acquisition, restoration and scientific research; encourage collaborations and regional land conservation; and leverage cooperation and support for various efforts of like-minded organizations. A total of $39,000 in grants has been awarded from the fund to date.
Individuals interested in contributing to the cause are invited to make contributions or to join The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund’s Founders Society. To learn more about the fund, individuals may contact Janice McLefresh at (937) 225-9971 at The Dayton Foundation.
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IN HIS WORDS
“I've traveled the world and seen how natural resources have been abused and neglected. My Dayton Foundation endowment fund will help me to support organizations that will protect and improve the Miami Valley’s environment and wildlife habitats for future generations.” – Tom Pearson, a Dayton Foundation donor since 1996